Grunt Album Discography
By Patrice Eyries, Dave Edwards, and Mike Callahan
Last update: June 15, 2007





The Grunt label was formed on August 7, 1971 by the group Jefferson Airplane. The label was a subsidiary of RCA. It was intended as a vehicle for release of Jefferson Airplane albums, group member solo projects and new artists that the group members felt were worthy of public interest.

Jefferson Starship Family Portrait The first Grunt release was the Jefferson Airplane's seventh LP, titled Bark, in September of 1971. Because of disagreements among the group, the album was their first in two years. By this time Marty Balin and Spencer Dryden were gone. The new lineup for the Jefferson Airplane was Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Grace Slick and Joey Covington plus an unofficial member, Papa John Creach. The album reached number 11 and was one of the Airplane's best sellers. At the same time Bark was being recorded, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick recorded Sunfighter, which was released in December and reached number 89. Also in December, Papa John Creach released his first solo album.

In 1972, the Jefferson Airplane recorded its eighth album, titled Long John Silver, and at the same time Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady recorded the third Hot Tuna album titled Burgers for the Grunt label. Hot Tuna's LP Burgers was released in April, and went to number 68 in the charts. Three months later, Long John Silver was released and reached number 20, earning a gold record.

Acts not part of the Jefferson Airplane to appear on Grunt were woodwind player Jack Bonus in 1972, and an album released in June of 1973 titled Child of Nature by the band Jack Traylor & Steelwind, which featured Craig Chaquico on guitar. The group "1" (One) had an odd album called Come which was vaguely Asian sounding. The group was led by a certified (certifiable?) local eccentric who wanted the album to self-destruct after playing (so the listener would have to buy more), A Richmond Talbott album titled Getting' Plenty was scheduled, but not released.

Albums continued to be released on the Grunt label into the early 1980s but almost all of them were by Jefferson Airplane, a later (and even more successful) incarnation called Jefferson Starship, then simply Starship, or by members of those bands.








The regular Grunt label stayed the same for all of its releases where custom labels were not used. It is black with white lettering and "GRUNT" written in stylized red, white and silver lettering in the form of an arc on the top half of the label. At first, the labels were printed on glossy paper stock (far left), with the following text in the form of an arc at the bottom of the label : "AFTERTHOUGHT PRODUCTIONS CORP.". Beginning with FTR 1006, this text changed to "GRUNT RECORDS. MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY RCA". For the RCA consolidated series (near left), some records have the following text "RCA RECORDS. GRUNT RECORDS. MANUFACTURED AND DISTRIBUTED BY RCA". The RCA consolidated series used paper stock with a matte finish for the labels.







Grunt used a number of custom labels. The one at the far left is from the album Jefferson Starship Gold [BZL1-3247], while the one at near left is from the album Spitfire [BFL1-1557]. Both sides of the record had the same label in these two cases. Inner paper sleeves for these albums were glossy paper with colorful designs to match the motif.







The album Earth [BXL1-2515] had a different custom label on each side of the record. At far left is the A side, while the B side is at near left.




We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Grunt Records or RCA Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and Follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2007 by Mike Callahan.



GRUNT ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

Grunt FTR-1000 Series:

Outer Bag FTR-1001 - Bark - Jefferson Airplane [1971] (9-71, #11) The album's cardboard record jacket was inserted in a brown paper bag (see right). Inner sleeve was also stiff brown paper. When The Earth Moves Again/Feel So Good/Crazy Miranda/Pretty As You Feel/Wild Turkey//Law Man/Rock And Roll Island/Third Week In The Chelsea/Never Argue With A German If You're Tired, Or European Song/Thunk/War Movie

FTR-1002 - Sunfighter - Paul Kantner & Grace Slick [1971] (12-71, #89) Silver Spoon/Diana (Part 1)/Sunfighter/Titanic/Look At The Wood/When I Was A Boy I Watched The Wolves//Million/China/Earth Mother/Diana (Part 2)/Universal Copernican Mumbles/Holding Together

FTR-1003 - Papa John Creach - Papa John Creach [1971] (1-72, #94) Reissued as BXL1-1003. The Janitor Drives A Cadillac/Saint Louis Blues/Papa John's Down Home Blues/Plunk A Little Funk/Over The Rainbow//String Jet Rock/Danny Boy/Human Spring/Soul Fever/Everytime I Hear Her Name

FTR-1004 - Burgers - Hot Tuna [1972] (3-72, #68) True Religion/Highway Song/99 Year Blues/Sea Child//Keep On Truckin'/Water Song/Ode For Billy Dean/Let Us Get Together Right Down Here/Sunny Day Strut

FTR-1005 - Jack Bonus - Jack Bonus [1972] (6-72, #203) The Hobo Song/St. Louis Missouri Boy/Cold Chicago Wind/Aphro-Kay/Pecan Pie (Extract)//Sweet Mahidabelle/Let The Children Be/The Little Boy Who Flew Away/Mother Dear/Ay Qu‚ Lyn

FTR-1006 - Black Kangaroo - Peter Kaukonen [1972] Up Or Down/Postcard/What We All Know And Love/Billy's Tune//Barking Dog Blues/Dynamo Snackbar/Prisoner/That's A Good Question

FTR-1007 - Long John Silver - Jefferson Airplane [1972] (8-72, #20) The album jacket can be folded into a cigar box. Long John Silver/Aerie (Gang Of Eagles)/Twilight Double Leader/Milk Train/The Son Of Jesus//Easter?/Trial By Fire/Alexander The Medium/Eat Starch Mom

Back Cover FTR-1008 - Come - 1 [1972] 1 Of A Kind/II Car Raga/Free Rain//3 Songs/Old Englishhh

FTR-1009 - Filthy! - Papa John Creach [1972] Reissued as BXL1-1009. Filthy Funky/No More Country Girls/Don't Tell It To No One/Mother's Day/Walking The Tou-Tou/Everybody Wants My Good Thing/Far Out/Give Me An Hour In Your Garden (And I'll Show You How To Plant A Rose)/Time Out For Sex/Up In The Alley

FTR-1010 - Gettin' Plenty - Richmond Talbott [unissued] According to Jeff Tamarkin's book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, Talbott was a blues guitarist and singer nee Steve Talbott. He was a friend of Jorma Kaukonen, and apparently this friendship got him signed to Grunt. An album was scheduled, and Talbott began working on it. According to execs at Grunt, the album was not what everyone had hoped, and it was deemed in their best interests to kill the release and cut their losses.



RCA "APL" consolidated series:
Note: "BFD" prefix indicates quadraphonic releases.

BFL1-0147 - Thirty Seconds over Winterland - Jefferson Airplane [1973] (4-73, #52) The "flying toasters" on the cover gave birth to the logo of the After Dark software in the 1980s. Have You Seen The Saucers/Feel So Good/Crown Of Creation//When The Earth Moves Again/Milk Train/Trial By Fire/Twilight Double Leader

BXL1-0148 - Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun - Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & David Freiberg [1973] (6-73, #120) Ballad Of The Chrome Nun/Fat/Flowers Of The Night/Walkin/Your Mind Has Left Your Body//Across The Board/Harp Free Lament/White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues)/Fishman/Sketches Of China

BFL1-0149 - Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango - Joe E. Covington [1973] Your Heart Is My Heart/Country Girl/Moonbeam/Mama Neptune//Miss Unaverse/Hideout (A Crook's Best Friend)/Vapor Lady

BFL1-0194 - Child of Nature - Jack Traylor & Steelwind [1973] Child Of Nature/Birds And Beasts And Bumblebees/I've Got You/Smile/Time To Be Happy//Come On, Children/Fifteen Years After/Gone To Canada/Caveat Emptor

BFL1/BXL1-0209 - Quah - Jorma Kaukonen with Tom Hobson [1973] Genesis/I'll Be Alright/Song For The North Star/I'll Let You Know Before I Leave/Flying Clouds/Another Man Done Gone//I Am The Light Of This World/Police Dog Blues/Blue Prelude/Sweet Hawaiian Sunshine/Hamar Promenade

BFL1-0347 - Manhole - Grace Slick [1973] (2-74, #127) Jay/Theme From Manhole//¿Come Again? Toucan/It's Only Music/Better Lying Down/Epic (#38)

BFL1-0348 - The Phosphorescent Rat - Hot Tuna [1973] (2-74, #148) I See The Light/Letter To The North Star/Easy Now/Corners Without Exits/Day To Day Out The Window Blues//In The Kingdom/Seeweed Strut/Living Just For You/Soliloquy For 2/Sally, Where'd You Get Your Liquor From?

BFL1-0418 - Playing My Fiddle for You - Papa John Creach & Zulu [1974] Friendly Possibilities/Milk Train/I Miss You So/String Jet Continues//Playing My Music/Git It Up/Gretchen/One Sweet Song/Golden Dreams

CYL1-0437 - Early Flight - Jefferson Airplane [1974] (5-74, #110) High Flyin' Bird/Runnin' Round This World/It's Alright/In The Morning/J.P.P. McStep B. Blues//Go To Her/Up Or Down/Mexico/Have You Seen The Saucers

At this point, the group name changes from the Jefferson Airplane to the Jefferson Starship.

BFD1/BFL1-0717 - Dragon Fly - Grace Slick, Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship [1974] (10-74, #11) Ride The Tiger/Thats For Sure/Be Young You/Caroline//Devils Den/Come To Life/All Fly Away/Hyperdrive

BFD1/BFL1-0820 - America's Choice - Hot Tuna [1975] (5-75, #75) Sleep Song/Funky #7/Walkin' Blues/Invitation//Hit Single #1/Serpent Of Dreams/I Don't Wanna Go/Great Divide: Revisited

BFD1/BFL1-0999 - Red Octopus - Jefferson Starship [1975] (7-75, #1) Fast Buck Freddie/Miracles/Git Fiddler/Ai Garimasu (There Is Love)/Sweeter Than Honey//Play On Love/Tumblin/I Want To See Another World/Sandalphon/There Will Be Love

BFD1/BFL1-1238 - Yellow Fever - Hot Tuna [1975] (11-75, #97) Baby What You Want Me To Do/Hot Jelly Roll Blues/Free Rein/Sunrise Dance With The Devil//Song For The Fire Maiden/Bar Room Crystal Ball/Half/Time Saturation/Surphase Tension

CYL2-1255 - Flight Log (1966-1976) - Jefferson Airplane [1977] (1-77, #37) Two-LP set. Disc 1: Come Up The Years/White Rabbit/Comin' Back To Me/Won't You Try-Saturday Afternoon/Greasy Heart/If You Feel//Somebody To Love (live)/Wooden Ships/Volunteers/Hesitation Blues - Hot Tuna/Have You Seen The Stars Tonite; Disc 2: Silver Spoon - Paul Kantner & Grace Slick/Feel So Good/Pretty As You Feel/Milk Train/Ja Da (Keep On Truckin') - Hot Tuna//¿Come Again? Toucan - Grace Slick/Sketches Of China - Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & David Freiberg/Genesis - Jorma Kaukonen & Tom Hobson/Ride The Tiger - Jefferson Starship/Please Come Back (live)

BFD1/BFL1-1557 - Spitfire - Jefferson Starship [1976] (7-76, #3) Cruisin'/Dance With The Dragon/Hot Water/St. Charles//Ozymandias/Don't Let It Rain/With Your Love/Switchblade/Big City/Love Lovely Love

BFL1-1920 - Hoppkorv - Hot Tuna [1976] (11-76, #115) Santa Claus Retreat/Watch The North Wind Rise/It's So Easy/Bowlegged Woman, Knock Kneed Man/Drivin' Around//I Wish You Would/I Can't Be Satisfied/Talking Bout You/Extrication Love Song/Song From The Stainless Cymbal

BXL1-2515 - Earth - Jefferson Starship [1978] (3-78, #5) Love Too Good/Count On Me/Take Your Time/Crazy Feelin'/Skateboard//Fire/Show Yourself/Runaway/All Nite Long

CYL2-2545 - Double Dose - Hot Tuna [1978] (4-78, #92) Two-LP set. Winin' Boy Blues/Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning/Embryonic Journey/Killing Time In The Crystal City//I Wish You Would/Genesis/Extrication Love Song/Talking Bout You//Funky #7/Serpent Of Dreams/Bowlegged Woman, Knock Kneed Man//I See The Light/Watch The North Wind Rise/Sunrise Dance With The Devil/I Can't Be Satisfied

BXL1-2591 - Burgers - Hot Tuna [1978] Reissue of Grunt FTR-1004. True Religion/Highway Song/99 Year Blues/Sea Child//Keep On Truckin'/Water Song/Ode For Billy Dean/Let Us Get Together Right Down Here/Sunny Day Strut

DJL1-2852 - The Last Interview? - Hot Tuna [1978] Promo only radio show, billed as "A Live Hot Tuna Radio Classic." In addition to the interview, it includes music from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane, as well as a previously unreleased home recording featuring Jorma Kaukonen with Janis Joplin.

Bonus 45 BZL1-3247 - Gold - Jefferson Starship [1979] (2-79, #20) Includes free 45-rpm single. Both the inner sleeve and the paper sleeve for the 45 were a dull gold color. Ride The Tiger/Caroline/Play On Love/Miracles/Fast Buck Freddie//With Your Love/St. Charles/Count On Me/Love Too Good/Runaway; Bonus 7" disc: Light The Sky On Fire//Hyperdrive

BXL1-3357 - Final Vinyl - Hot Tuna [1979] Hesitation Blues/Candy Man/Keep On Truckin'/Water Song/Day To Day Out The Window Blues//Easy Now/Funky #7/Hot Jelly Roll Blues/Song From The Stainless Cymbal/I Wish You Would

CYL1-3363 - Gold - Jefferson Starship [1979] Issue of Grunt BZL1-3247 as a picture disc. Also issued as a promo-only copy as DJL1-3363. Reverse side of the picture disc has the same photo. Ride The Tiger/Caroline/Play On Love/Miracles/Fast Buck Freddie//With Your Love/St. Charles/Count On Me/Love Too Good/Runaway

BZL1-3452 - Freedom at Point Zero - Jefferson Starship [1979] (12-79, #10) Jane/Lightning Rose (Carry The Fire)/Things To Come/Awakening//Girl With The Hungry Eyes/Just The Same/Rock Music/Fading Lady Light/Freedom At Point Zero (Clmibing Tiger Mountain Through The Sky)

AYL1-3660 - Red Octopus - Jefferson Starship [1980] Reissue of Grunt BFL1- 0999. Fast Buck Freddie/Miracles/Git Fiddler/Ai Garimasu (There Is Love)/Sweeter Than Honey//Play On Love/Tumblin/I Want To See Another World/Sandalphon/There Will Be Love

AYL1-3747 - Quah - Jorma Kaukonen with Tom Hobson [1980] Reissue of Grunt BFL1/BXL1-0209 with new cover art. Genesis/I'll Be Alright/Song For The North Star/I'll Let You Know Before I Leave/Flying Clouds/Another Man Done Gone//I Am The Light Of This World/Police Dog Blues/Blue Prelude/Sweet Hawaiian Sunshine/Hamar Promenade

AYL1-3796 - Dragon Fly - Grace Slick, Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship [1980] Reissue of Grunt BFL1-0717. Ride The Tiger/Thats For Sure/Be Young You/Caroline//Devils Den/Come To Life/All Fly Away/Hyperdrive

AYL1-3799 - Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun - Paul Kantner, Grace Slick & David Freiberg [1980] Reissue of Grunt BXL1-0148. Ballad Of The Chrome Nun/Fat/Flowers Of The Night/Walkin/Your Mind Has Left Your Body//Across The Board/Harp Free Lament/White Boy (Transcaucasian Airmachine Blues)/Fishman/Sketches Of China

BZL1-3848 - Modern Times - Jefferson Starship [1981] (4-81, #26) Find Your Way Back/Stranger/Wild Eyes (Angel)/Save Your Love//Modern Times/Mary/Free/Alien/Stairway To Cleveland (We Do What We Want)

AYL1-3951 - Burgers - Hot Tuna [1981] Reissue of Grunt FTR-1004. True Religion/Highway Song/99 Year Blues/Sea Child//Keep On Truckin'/Water Song/Ode For Billy Dean/Let Us Get Together Right Down Here/Sunny Day Strut

AYL1-3953 - Spitfire - Jefferson Starship [1981] Reissue of Grunt BFL1-1557. Cruisin'/Dance With The Dragon/Hot Water/St. Charles//Ozymandias/Don't Let It Rain/With Your Love/Switchblade/Big City/Love Lovely Love

AYL1-4172 - Earth - Jefferson Starship [1981] Reissue of Grunt BXL1-2515. Love Too Good/Count On Me/Take Your Time/Crazy Feelin'/Skateboard//Fire/Show Yourself/Runaway/All Nite Long

BXL1-4372 - Winds of Change - Jefferson Starship [1982] (10-82, #26) Winds Of Change/Keep On Dreamin'/Be My Lady/I Will Stay/Out Of Control//Can't Find Love/Black Widow/I Came Back From The Jaws Of The Dragon/Quit Wasting Time

AYL1-4385 - Sunfighter - Paul Kantner & Grace Slick [1982] Reissue of Grunt FTR-1002. Silver Spoon/Diana (Part 1)/Sunfighter/Titanic/Look At The Wood/When I Was A Boy I Watched The Wolves//Million/China/Earth Mother/Diana (Part 2)/Universal Copernican Mumbles/Holding Together

AYL1-4386 - Bark - Jefferson Airplane [1981] Reissue of Grunt FTR-1001. When The Earth Moves Again/Feel So Good/Crazy Miranda/Pretty As You Feel/Wild Turkey//Law Man/Rock And Roll Island/Third Week In The Chelsea/Never Argue With A German If You're Tired, Or European Song/Thunk/War Movie

AYL1-4391 - Thirty Seconds over Winterland - Jefferson Airplane [1981] Reissue of Grunt BFL1-0147. Have You Seen The Saucers/Feel So Good/Crown Of Creation//When The Earth Moves Again/Milk Train/Trial By Fire/Twilight Double Leader

BXL1-4921 - Nuclear Furniture - Jefferson Starship [1984] (6-84, #28) Layin' It On The Line/No Way Out/Sorry Me, Sorry You/Live And Let Live/Connection//Rose Goes To Yale/Magician/Assassin/Shining In The Moonlight/Showdown/Champion

AYL1-5161 - Freedom at Point Zero - Jefferson Starship [1984] Reissue of Grunt BZL1-3452. Jane/Lightning Rose (Carry The Fire)/Things To Come/Awakening//Girl With The Hungry Eyes/Just The Same/Rock Music/Fading Lady Light/Freedom At Point Zero (Clmibing Tiger Mountain Through The Sky)

At this point, group name changes to Starship.

BXL1-5488 - Knee Deep in the Hoopla - Starship [1985] (10-85, #7) We Built This City/Sara/Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight/Rock Myself To Sleep/Desperate Heart//Private Room/Before I Go/Hearts Of The World Will Understand/Love Rusts



RCA 6000 consolidated series:

6413-1 R - No Protection - Starship [1987] (7-87, #12) Beat Patrol/Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now/It's Not Over (Til It's Over)/Girls Like You/Wings Of A Lie//The Children/I Don't Know Why/Transatlantic/Babylon/Set The Night To Music





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